Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Today marks Elephant Appreciation Day in the US – a day to celebrate all things elephant. It was established in 1996 and invites everyone to find something new to learn about elephants, their habitats, their miraculous bodies, and what they do for the world as a “keystone” species – critical to the survival of other plants and animals within their ecosystems. 

At Global Sanctuary for Elephants, we understand elephants to be remarkably intelligent, emotionally sensitive, and complex, sentient beings. We learn more about ourselves, our physical and emotional capabilities and intelligence from them as time passes. Watching elephants like Guillermina work hard to improve herself and learn how to be a better herd member is inspiring; as humans, we can become complacent with improving ourselves. Watching Guille put in so much effort to understand herself and learn empathy can be a lesson for us all. 

Every elephant we’ve met has changed us in some way, teaching us more about how to be good stewards of others, how to find and tap into our vulnerabilities, and the power of trust. For some of us, their journeys teach us about being resilient and that even in the darkest times, hope can still be found and a brighter and beautiful future is a possibility. 

Today, let’s lean into those lessons as we appreciate everything that makes each individual elephant here at sanctuary unique and everything they have to teach us if we remain open to their messages. 

Photo of Bambi in the front, followed by Guille, Pocha, and Rana


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    Pam says

    Definitely appreciating elephants today, and feeling deep appreciation for GSE, too! Thank you, Sara and all.

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    Julie says

    Today’s post is the perfect illustration of the reason I support and tune in to GSE. They just get it! Thank you so much, dears!

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    Wim says

    Happy Elephant Appreciation Day. Lovely storyline and yes they are a magical mirror as you know better than all of us together.
    Wishing them freedom, no zoo-life, never ride elephants.

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    Tammy says

    Happy Elephant Appreciation Day everyone! sending love to these beautiful gentle giants past and present from one continent to the next who have sadly suffered and struggled so much yet teach us to never give up no matter how difficult things are to be courageous to lead by example to show hard work and dedication will pay off that it takes time it’s never easy to open up to forgive to trust again to learn what it means to be part of a loving family loyal compassionate protective always willing to step up when needed to show honor respect and dignity to the very end everything humans should strive for and be so lucky to have achieved….thank you to every beautiful elephant hopefully one day I will be blessed with meeting one 🙏

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    John says

    Awww…… but every day is Elephant Appreciation Day in my house!

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      Sara says

      Ours, too!

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    Elephant Appreciation Day should be celebrated by every organization, circus, riding camp, etc., that holds a sentient, intelligent, emotional, family minded elephant captive so that they release them to a true sanctuary. Of course with Elephant Appreciation Day comes enormous gratitude for Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

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